Published: Sat, October 21, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Ranjit Kumar quits as solicitor general

Ranjit Kumar quits as solicitor general

Indian government's second-most senior legal officer, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, has resigned citing personal reasons on Friday. His resignation comes months after Mukul Rohatgi resigned as the Attorney General of India.

Asked whether he had any misunderstanding with the government or any reservations in continuing as SG, Kumar said, "I had an excellent relationship with the government and have no reason to complain". Speaking to news channels, Kumar said he was unable to spare time for his family. On the talk in SC corridors about his possible appointment as an apex court judge, Kumar said, "There is no truth in these rumours".

Kumar was appointed by the Modi government in June 2014, shortly after the BJP came to power at the Centre.

Additional Solicitor General and senior advocate Tushar Mehta is likely to be appointed as the next Solicitor General, sources told India Today. Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is away in the Bahamas to attend the Commonwealth law ministers conference.

He denied any rift with the government, saying he was satisfied with the way the government treated him. Among the cases he represented was the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case. Recently, he was given an extension for another term on ad hoc basis. Before the post of Solicitor General, kumar has served in supreme court as counsel for the Gujarat government.

Now there are four ASGs, the senior-most being Maninder Singh followed by Tushar Mehta, who handle the bulk of cases on a routine basis in the apex court. Kumar had also represented then Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case pending in a Bangalore court.

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